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Storms destroy homes, knock out power

Storms and possible tornadoes destroyed several homes, knocked down trees and caused power outages in parts of Kentucky as virulent weather rolled through Friday afternoon.

At least one home was destroyed, and a man and a woman suffered broken bones after a possible tornado touched down in Mannington, near the Hopkins-Christian County line in far Western Kentucky, according to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management. The weather in that area forced emergency responders to take shelter in a church, division spokesman Buddy Rogers said.

Calloway, Carlisle, McCracken, Lyon and Union counties reported minor to moderate damage to businesses and homes.

There were also reports of possible tornado touchdowns in Lincoln and Pulaski counties.

Possible tornado damage occurred along Highway 328 East in Lincoln County. A house was knocked off its foundation, a mobile home and a barn were destroyed, and several trees were knocked down in that area, according to the Kentucky Division of Emergency Management.

Eubank Fire Chief Norman Rutherford said a mobile home was blown over on its top, a garage was blown away, several houses lost roofs and there were power outages in the area, but there were no injuries.

"I guess we were lucky," he said.

"I couldn't even figure out where the hell the front door was," said Mary Wolff, owner of the trailer that was blown over. "I've got nothing left."

Wolff and her fiance, Daniel Allee, weren't home when the storm hit, but three dogs that live there were. At least two of the dogs escaped. Wolff said the mobile home was insured, but she was worried about $300 that had been inside the structure. Allee found $20 of it outside.

"We're calling it a tornado. There were some pictures of it, and law enforcement confirmed it. That was good enough," Gary Votaw, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Jackson, said of the system that rolled through the Eubank area.

The National Weather Service in Louisville said there were no reports of tornado touchdowns in the area it serves; however, there was an unconfirmed report of a funnel cloud sighting in northern Madison County about 3:15 p.m. There were reports of several trees down on the Madison-Clark County line near Ford, meteorologist John Denman said.

Hail the size of golf balls struck Pilot View, just southeast of Winchester in Clark County about 3:45 p.m. About 1:20 p.m., golf ball-size hail was reported near Parksville in Boyle County. Central Harrison County got quarter-size hail just before noon, Denman said.

Overall, storms in the Bluegrass area were strong, with many producing half-inch to penny-sized hail. Louisville got half-inch to dime-sized hail, Denman said.

A tornado watch was expected to remain in effect for all of Eastern Kentucky until 10 p.m. A flood watch for Eastern Kentucky was expected to remain in effect until midnight, Votaw said.

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